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Mounting a drive is a phrase commonly used to describe an advanced disk management technique used in large organizations. A mounted drive is a partition (sometimes also referred to as a volume), that is mapped to an empty folder on another partition that has been formatted with the NTFS file system. Mounted drives are typically assigned a label or name instead of a drive letter. They are useful for organizations that need to share partitions or drives with many users. A mounted drive is also known as a mounted folder.

Mounted drives let you extend the storage capacity of a drive or partition. Say you save financial records to the Finance folder on drive C, but drive C is getting full. A separate drive, drive E, has room. By creating an empty folder in the Finance folder called Records, and mounting drive E to the new folder, you can then save files to C:\Finance\Records to take advantage of the extra storage space on drive E. Mounted drives have an advantage over shortcuts because you can move the mounted drives without having to update the folder that the drive is mounted to.

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To mount a drive

  1. Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. In the Navigation pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.

  3. Right-click the drive that you want to mount, and then click Change Drive Letter and Path.

  4. Click Add, click Mount in this NTFS folder, and then either type the path to an empty folder on an NTFS drive or click Browse to locate it, and then click OK.

  5. Click OK again.

To remove a mounted drive

  1. Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. In the Navigation pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.

  3. Right-click the mounted drive that you want to remove, and then click Change Drive Letter and Path.

  4. Click Remove, and then click Yes.

For more in-depth information on disk management topics, go to the Microsoft website for IT professionals.

Note

  • The Recycle Bin does not recognize mounted drives, so if you try to delete a file that's stored in a mounted drive, you might receive an error. To bypass the Recycle Bin and permanently delete the file, click the file, and then press SHIFT+DELETE. When you permanently delete a file, you can't recover it unless you have a current backup copy of the file.